Blue Jacket special

Posted: March 09, 2012

THE BLUE JACKETS organization tweeted a special promotion for last night's home game: "TONIGHT ONLY! Bring your Carter jersey to team store by end of 1st period and we'll change nameplate to J. Johnson for free!"

So it was only fitting that newly acquired defenseman Jack Johnson stepped up, scoring a goal to help Columbus to a 3-1 win over his old teammates, aka Jeff Carter's new team, the Los Angeles Kings.

"This one felt good. This has been a really great change for me," Johnson said after getting a goal in his second straight game. "I've been excited to come to the rink every day. These guys here have a blast here at the rink and it's carrying over onto the ice. Guys are loose and having fun. That's what this game is supposed to be all about."

Carter was a minus-1 for the Kings in his return to the city where he played for just 8 months. He was lustily booed whenever he touched the puck by a crowd of 14,306.

Mark Letestu scored twice in the Blue Jackets' fourth straight win, only the second two-goal game of his career.

Meanwhile, the Kings lost a game they badly needed in the tight battle for the last playoff spot in the West.

In other games:

* At Newark, Ilya Kovalchuk recorded his second hat trick in just over 3 weeks to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders.

* At Boston, David Krejci scored for the fifth time in the last five games and the Bruins won consecutive games for the first time in almost 2 months with a 3-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres.

* At Washington, Alex Ovechkin scored on a wrist shot at 4:09 of overtime, and the Capitals came back to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, snapping a three-game losing streak.

* At Ottawa, Ben Bishop made 25 saves in his home debut with the Senators, who beat the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers, 4-1.

* At St. Louis, Patrik Berglund scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves for his career-high seventh straight win to lead the Blues to a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

* At Nashville, Sergei Kostitsyn scored at 19:28 of the second period, and the Predators held off the Colorado Avalanche, 4-2.

* At Dallas, Tomas Vincour scored in the final minute of regulation, and then added the lone goal of the shootout in the fifth round to give the Stars a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

* At Glendale, Ariz., Erik Christensen scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

* At Edmonton, Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist as the Montreal Canadiens topped the Oilers, 5-3.

* At Vancouver, Samuel Pahlsson scored late in the third period as the Canucks held on for a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

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